Tue Feb 9, 2016 09:14 PM CST President Barack Obama's administration suffered a blow to his environmental agenda late Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay effectively blocking EPA's Clean Power Plan from going into effect.
Fri Feb 5, 2016 02:45 PM CST While a U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether to consider a legal challenge filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's total maximum daily load, or TMDL, in the Chesapeake Bay region, a new poll conducted on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation finds the majority of Bay area landowners surveyed want water quality issues dealt with on a local level.
Wed Feb 3, 2016 03:42 PM CST Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA attorneys have determined he does not have authority to designate cottonseed as an oilseed. What does the farm bill say about that?
Tue Feb 2, 2016 06:37 AM CST Sen. Ted Cruz, 45, aggressively campaigned across Iowa, hitting all 99 counties at least once. He sought to tap into Iowa's strong social conservative base, but was criticized heavily by the Iowa biofuels industry because Cruz did not support the Renewable Fuels Standard. A group called America's Renewable Future, led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's son, stalked the Cruz campaign and challenged his stance.
Mon Feb 1, 2016 10:03 PM CST In the GOP race, Ted Cruz won 28% while billionaire Donald Trump carried 24% and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio carried 23% of the vote in unofficial results. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went late into the evening with just under 50% of the Democratic delegates to more than 49% of the delegates for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:27 PM CST Designating cottonseed as an "other oilseed" under USDA's farm safety net could approach $1 billion in annual payments, a group of university ag economists highlighted in an analysis of the proposal on the farmdocdaily website.
Mon Jan 25, 2016 07:46 AM CST With Washington essentially closed down for the next few days due to the blizzard, the agricultural focus is shifting this week to the campaigning before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.
Thu Jan 21, 2016 02:51 PM CST Republican Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and James Inhofe, Oklahoma have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to open an official investigation into the use of social media by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leading up to the final release of the waters of the United States rule, in a letter to the DOJ Thursday.
Tue Jan 19, 2016 01:22 PM CST Farmers and others in the food supply chain are going to have to increasingly wrap their heads around the idea of more transparency throughout the food system in the coming years.
Fri Jan 15, 2016 07:29 AM CST In the midst of the slings and arrows during Thursday night's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, there were a few nods toward business concern for farmers among the candidates, largely by candidates challenging the stances of others on the stage.
Sun Jan 10, 2016 09:04 PM CST Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held another town-hall meeting Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting with outgoing AFBF Bob Stallman. Among the questions Vilsack was asked by a Texas cotton producer whether USDA would be able to provide some aid for cotton producers.
Fri Jan 8, 2016 12:58 PM CST The announcement earlier this week by TransCanada that the company is filing lawsuits against the U.S. over rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline will affect several political debates in the coming year, including the fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
Thu Jan 7, 2016 04:53 PM CST After a year of consternation and fights over this science and that science, most farm groups saw the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines released on Thursday and concluded, "We're good with that."
Mon Jan 4, 2016 02:42 PM CST Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told folks at town-hall meetings in northwest Iowa that he supports phasing out the Renewable Fuels Standard through 2022. Previously, Cruz has said he doesn't support subsidies or mandates, but believes ethanol will be used as part of the country's energy mix because ethanol is being used already.
Mon Jan 4, 2016 02:42 PM CST Congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact is unlikely to occur before President Barack Obama leaves office, with Japanese watchers closely following the matter as it has become an increasingly politically polarizing going into the 2016 US presidential election.
Mon Dec 21, 2015 03:36 PM CST Broader tax reform efforts should benefit from the passage of the tax extenders package, as unresolved issues and clarification of the current tax code will provide the impetus and foundation for future efforts.
Wed Dec 16, 2015 06:10 PM CST The pending votes on the federal Fiscal-Year 2016 spending bill end a long history with COOL that for me goes back to twelve years. What a crazy story country of origin has been as fairness in trade law supersedes a push to promote meat from domestic animals.